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The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated September 21, 2019 7.3k votes 1.2k voters 94.1k views71 items

List RulesVote for your favorite Tommy Lee Jones movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

The best Tommy Lee Jones movies of all time prove that he’s one of the top actors currently active. Since the 1970s, he has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning his first Golden Globe nomination in 1980. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office as well, as his lifetime box office gross exceeds $2.5 billion.

Jones started acting on Broadway in the 1969 production of A Patriot for Me and landed his first film role the very next year. For most of the 1970s, Tommy Lee Jones’ acting credits were fairly diversified, as he worked in film, TV, and stage productions. His first big film role was the 1980 Loretta Lynn biopic, Coal Miner's Daughter.

From the ‘80s onward, Tommy Lee Jones had many smash hits, including Men in Black, JFK, Batman Forever, and more. His more recent works have included the Matt Damon blockbuster Jason Bourne and the historical drama Lincoln.

So what are the best Tommy Lee Jones movies of all time? Is it his first big hit Coal Miner’s Daughter or something newer, such as Captain America: The First Avenger? See what fans have ranked as their favorite Tommy Lee Jones movies below. Movie trailers have been included if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Tommy Lee Jones role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Tommy Lee Jones movies should be as a comprehensive as possible. 

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    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford
    This film is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name...  more

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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones
    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel...  more

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    Lonesome Dove

    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott
    Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by...  more

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    Coal Miner's Daughter

    Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek
    Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 biographical film which tells the story of country music...  more

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    Double Jeopardy

    Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones
    Double Jeopardy is a 1999 American mystery-thriller film directed by Bruce Beresford and...  more

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    #62 of 85 Great Movies About Furious Women Out for Revenge#4 of 31 The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping

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    Natural Born Killers

    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd
    Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody...  more

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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones
    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry...  more

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    The Client

    Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones
    The Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the...  more

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    Small Soldiers

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kirsten Dunst
    Small Soldiers is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Joe Dante. The film...  more

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    Blue Sky

    Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones
    Blue Sky is a 1994 drama, and the last film by veteran film maker Tony Richardson. It was...  more

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    Man of the House

    Tommy Lee Jones, Christina Milian
    Man of the House is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, written by John J....  more
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    The Hunted

    Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones
    The Hunted is a 2003 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and starring...  more
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    Heaven & Earth

    Tommy Lee Jones, Debbie Reynolds
    Heaven & Earth is a 1993 Vietnam film directed and written by Oliver Stone, and starring Tommy...  more

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    Space Cowboys

    Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm
    Space Cowboys is a 2000 American space adventure film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood....  more

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    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

    January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones
    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a 2005 Mexican-American neo-western film directed...  more

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    The Sunset Limited

    Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones
    The Sunset Limited is a 2011 television film based on the play written by Cormac McCarthy. The...  more

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    Under Siege

    Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones
    Under Siege is a 1992 American action film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Steven Seagal...  more

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    The Missing

    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood
    The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based...  more

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    Love Story

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland
    Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the...  more

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    In the Electric Mist

    John Goodman, Tommy Lee Jones
    In the Electric Mist is a 2009 Franco-American drama/mystical film based on the novel In the...  more
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    The Homesman

    Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank
    The Homesman is a 2014 American period drama film set in the 1850s midwest produced and...  more

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    #123 of 173 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made#372 of 400 The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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    U.S. Marshals

    Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones
    U.S. Marshals is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Stuart Baird. The storyline was...  more

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    Eyes of Laura Mars

    Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway
    Eyes of Laura Mars is a 1978 thriller film starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones and...  more
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    In the Valley of Elah

    Charlize Theron, James Franco
    In the Valley of Elah is a 2007 film written and directed by Paul Haggis, starring Tommy Lee...  more

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    The Executioner's Song

    Tommy Lee Jones, Eli Wallach
    The Executioner's Song was a 1982 made-for-television film adaptation Norman Mailer's 1979...  more